CBS host Margaret Brennan repeatedly interrupted Wyoming representative Liz Cheney during a Sunday interview on "Face the Nation" but sat idly when California representative Adam Schiff falsely claimed later that the president Donald Trump is an unscrupulous co-conspirator in Michael Cohen's investigation.
Brennan, who interrupted Cheney at least 10 times, questioned the Republican MP for Trump's remarks on four new Democratic parliamentarians known as the "Team". Trump tweeted on July 14 that the four Democrats, who are all black women and American citizens, should "return" to their countries of origin if they are not happy with US government policies. (RELATED: Liz Cheney plays CBS & # 39; Margaret Brennan on Media Bias Against Trump)
The Democrats said that Trump's statements were racist, while Trump's defenders said his comments had nothing to do with race and were instead a criticism of their political positions.
Cheney made the same argument, leading to a polemical exchange with Brennan.
The behavior of the exchange was very different from Brennan's interview with Schiff, even when the chair of the House Intelligence Committee falsely claimed that Trump is an undisputed co-conspirator of Cohen.
Cohen pleaded guilty on 21 August 2018 to a series of crimes, including tax evasion, bank fraud and the payment of an illegal contribution to the campaign in the form of a cash payment of $ 130,000 to Stormy Daniels.
Prosecutors referred to Trump as "Individual-1" in Cohen's memoirs, but he was never accused of conspiring with Cohen to break the law by paying Daniels. In his plea deal, Cohen admitted he paid Daniels "in coordination with and under the direction of" Trump.
Prosecutors closed the investigation into Cohen's payments at the beginning of July without presenting further charges.
When Brennan asked Schiff about his past predictions that Trump would be indicted as part of the investigation, the legislator said he believes that Trump was not indicted because of the Justice Department's policies against a president's indictment. charge.
He further asserted that Trump was an undisputed co-conspirator.
"I mean, it was clear, you know, from Bob Mueller that he felt and the Justice Department felt obligated by this Legal Advice Office that you can't blame a seated president. But he's a co-conspirator – essentially not indifferent "said Schiff.
"He was identified as an individual, as the person who directed Michael Cohen to commit this fraudulent campaign scheme. And I assume this means, in terms of the Southern District of New York, that the case will be reopened when he leaves the charge, provided that the statute of limitations has not been executed, and the Department of Justice will have to consider whether to accuse the former president. "
Schiff's claim is inaccurate, although Brennan did not interrupt to mention it.
As the editor of USA Today Brad Heath noticed on Twitter on Thursday, Trump is not an undisputed co-conspirator in Cohen's investigation because Trump's former fixer was never charged with a conspiracy linked to his payments to Daniels.
"Guys, President Trump was not an" undisputed co-conspirator "in the criminal case against his former lawyer, Michael Cohen. The Justice Department did not accuse Cohen of conspiracy, so he did not claim to have co-conspirators, indicted or otherwise, "Heath he wrote.
Constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz made a similar point in a Washington Examiner column on September 13, 2018.
"Before this statement is repeated so often that people assume it is true, let me state categorically that Trump is not a non-binding co-conspirator and that it is wrong to characterize him as such," Dershowitz wrote.
"So, unless there's a secret accusation against Cohen, accusing Trump of being his co-conspirator, Trump can't be an undisputed co-conspirator."
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